Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Is This For Real?


Here's William Lundy helmeted up in front of a F-100 Super Saber at Eglin AFB in 1955. He claimed to have served in the Confederate cavalry (Company D 4th Alabama Cavalry Regiment) from March 1864-1865, joining up at the age of 16. 

If true, that'd make Lundy a remarkable 107 years old at the time of the photo, but his story's disputed. Census records suggest he was actually born in 1860, which would make the alleged veteran a posing old fraud, albeit with a venerable visage.

I like this old man a lot

Who knows. I'd like to believe the story's true because there it is, a very old man who lived in the horse-drawn age standing next to a jet fighter in the 1950s. How cool is that? Very. And even if Lundy wasn't the veteran he claimed to be, he was still a stand-out from another age. A person who lived across the transformation of America and Western civ into something approaching the way we live now.

Ahem, RHSM, maybe we need some "fast movers"?

You can imagine his dismay, if he were alive to see it, at our devolution into the hideous, banal, ersatz, wicked, dumb-as-you-like-then-some barbarity of the 21st century. As it is, he had his moment with a Super Saber.

So, is the photo and all that's with it real? You be the judge.

4ACR forever,



Dad of Six said...

True or not, it's a great story. Even if he was born in 1860 he'd be 94 years young, no small achievement.

Old NFO said...

Great story, regardless!

Seamus1962 said...

We have 100+ year olds visit at the Air Force Museum (I volunteer there) - most are veterans and the stories are awesome. They can tell you first hand experiences with the earliest jets!

Coolest trivia is the me-262's
Junkers Jumo engines were pull started and lit up two-cycle engines to start the turbine... Nazi lawn boy units!

LSP said...

That's exactly what I think, DOS.

LSP said...

Right on, NFO. What a character! And right there with the jet.

LSP said...

I had no idea, Seamus!

Of course I want an ME 262.